“Tasmania is not the only place in the world where long-term, careful argument has been defeated by short-term economic advantage. When we look round, the time is rapidly approaching when natural environment, natural unspoiled vistas are sadly beginning to look like left-overs from a vanishing world. This vanishing world is beautiful beyond our dreams and contains in itself rewards and gratifications never found in artificial landscape, or man-made objects, so often regarded as exciting evidence of a new world in the making.”
OLEGAS TRUCHANAS, 1975
COX BIGHT, PETER DOMBROVSKIS
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Welcome to the latest broadcast of On the Brink Radio. How the heck are yawl??????? 🙂 I apologize for being a bit out of touch of late. Jules Stanley is having a hiatus from ucy.tv, the parent network of my show. What is happening now is that everyone’s show is airing at the normal times, but there are no new shows being broadcast, only archives. In order to hear my new show each week you need to use the soundcloud link that I always share anyway. Jules reckons that come September she will create a way to have ucy.tv become the first ‘automated talk radio’ network – we will then be able to have our new show for each week broadcast in the live slot, only without the assistance of a human dj.
I was sad to hear that Jules was ‘pulling the plug on ucy.tv a few weeks ago, but in response to massive listener objections, she is keeping it alive, which is good, because nothing like it exists. Ucy.tv is truly the vanguard of non-commercial investigative broadcast journalism.
Check out their youtube channel, now with over 900,000 views
THE BIGGEST ROCK I EVER PAINTED 🙂
WHY I LOVE TASMANIA
I could write a book and make a film about how much I love Tasmania, how beautiful and amazing of a land she is, how many wonderful people live there, and how many extraordinarily amazing things have happened to, with and for me there.
I just had an extremely lovely few weeks there visiting my friends Wouter and Elyse at a remote yet progressive community called Lorinna, in the central highlands not far from the legendary and spectacular Cradle Mountain. Wouter got me to paint a large chunk of dolerite with the logo for his organic farm. This was my most challenging art project ever, due to the logistics of painting outside in the winter in Tasmania. But it got done and turned out fantastic.
One of the highlights of this visit, in addition to being able to sit in the warm morning sun and paint outside, listening to the kookaberras, white and black cockatoos, and green rosellas, and watching the mists come and go, was the trip I made to Cradle Mountain with my new friend Damien, aka ‘blondie.’ We did the circuit walk around Dove Lake, which was the first time I’d done it since Liesbet and I did it in around 2009. Dove Lake and the Cradle Mountain area is to me a very powerful vortex of Gondwanaland life-force energy. This is thylacine country, too. When visiting this area in the winter of 2014 I was playing my native American hand drum while standing in half a meter of snow at Marion’s Lookout in a moderate blizzard. I was given an extraordinary vision of the sum total of all of life…every member of every species of life, past, present and future…I saw this in my mind’s eye but words can in no way express it.
FOAM ON THE RIVER
On this visit I was able to be in direct contact with the land and Earth of Tasmania probably more than in any other visit. The four months Liesbet and I spent on Flinders Island in 2011 was my longest and most intensive visit to Tasmania but even then I didn’t go bare-foot every day like I just did at Lorinna. I was literally ‘Earthing’ with Mother Gondwana and I could feel it big-time. I was also lucky to be able to catch up with my great friend Rob Alliston in Sheffield, who is planning a trip to his homeland of Three Hummock Island soon.
SOME OF MY FLINDERS ISLAND PHOTOS
SO much to share about Tasmania. Peter Dombrovskis and his mentor Olegas Truchenas basically founded not only wilderness photography in Australia but also the whole Australian environmental movement, with their photo-based activism in opposition to the damming of Lake Pedder in the 1970’s and the successful blocking of the damming of the Franklin River two years later.
SOME OF MY FAVOURITE DOMBROVSKIS PHOTOS
“The natural world contains an unbelievable diversity, and offers a variety of choices, provided of course that we retain some of this world and that we live in the manner that permits us to go out, seek it, find it, and make these choices. We must try to retain as much as possible of what still remains of the unique, rare and beautiful. It is terribly important that we take interest in the future of our remaining wilderness, and in the future of our National Parks. Is there any reason why, given this interest, and given enlightened leadership, the ideal of beauty could not become an accepted goal of national policy? Is there any reason why Tasmania should not be more beautiful on the day we leave it, than on the day we came? We don’t know what the requirements of those who come after us will be. Tasmania is slowly evolving towards goals we cannot no%y see. If we can revise our attitudes towards the land under our feet; if we can accept a role of steward and depart from the role of conqueror; if we can accept the view that man and nature are inseparable parts of the unified whole-then Tasmania can be a shining beacon in a dull, uniform and largely artificial world.”
MY LARGEST MANDALA, HOBART, 2003
THE STORY OF THE FREAKIEST THING THAT EVER HAPPENED TO ME ON THE ROAD…A REAL HITCH-HIKING ADVENTURE 🙂
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TWO COSMIC WINDOWS OF TIME
From late June into early July we were in what I call the “Encke Window”, one of two periods of time each year (the other being late October into early November) when the Earth experiences two streams of the Taurid meteors, which are believed to be remnants/fragments from Comet Encke, a super-comet believed to have broken up tens of thousands of years ago. The Encke of today is a short-period comet that comes around every 3 years or so. Astronomers in the Czech republic have recently discovered that very large fragments of Encke may exist undetected by astronomical instrumentation. These could be the source of our next major cometary impact, much like the one that exploded in Sibera on 30 June 1908, the Tunguska event.
‘Discovery of a new branch of the Taurid meteoroid stream as a real source of potentially hazardous bodies’
And between 23 July and 8 August we will be in the ‘heliacal rising of Sirius’ window of time. Any star can have it’s ‘heliacal rising’ which means the day when it just becomes visible before sun-rise, but the star Sirius is not only the brightest star in our skies, it has been held in high esteem by many ancient peoples, most notably, the ancient Egyptians, who saw its heliacal rising as the rebirth of Isis and of life, and was associated with the flooding of the Nile and was the Egyptian New Year. This window of time is believed by many to represent a sacred link with Sirius and water-based life who may live on her planets. Some people think that this is where the whales and dolphins come from.
HAWAI’IAN VOLCANOS UPDATE
The eruption event continues to deliver between 6 and 9 million cubic meters of lava per day from fissure 8 into the ocean. A new peninsula and islands are being created as Mother Earth gives birth to new land. And the collapse of the Haleamaumau crater continues, with each explosion/collapse followed immediately by a surge in the lava output down-slope. No end is in sight for this eruption sequence.
MICK KALBER’S BRILLIANT AERIAL FOOTAGE
RIMPAC CONTINUES UNABATED